Deterioratinmg relations between Ireland’s gypsy-like Travellers
and the settled community have led to a growing mood of despair
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has rebuffed demands by the hardline
unionist DUP for a six-month transition period for the IRA to
demonstrate their peaceful intentions before they would consider
sharing power with Sinn Féin.
The mother of north Belfast teenager Peter McBride has welcomed
criticism by an independent agency of the decision to allow his
killers to return to the British Army.
The following information about the Travellers is from the
Pavee Point organisation, www.paveepoint.ie
The British Army has installed elements of the notorious Ulster
Defence Regiment (UDR) in the spy post on the top of Divis Tower
in the heart of west Belfast.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP led a party delegation today
to meet with the Parades Commission, which adjudicates over
contentious marches in the North of Ireland.
The British Prime Minister Tony Blair has set a deadline for a
resolution of the deadlock in the northern peace process in
September, and warned that he could abandon central elements of
the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
The PSNI police last night ignored unionists who blockaded both
ends of a main road in west Belfast and intimidated motorists.
Unionists on Lisburn City Council have again engaged in
systematic discrimination after nationalists were excluded from
all senior positions on the council.
The Parades Commission has reversed its decision to ban a
sectarian march from the nationalist Springfield Road tomorrow.
The following is a complete listing of Sinn Féin’s local
representatives following the breakthrough election for the
party last week.
Protests against the war in Iraq are underway across Ireland
ahead of the arrival of US President George Bush to County Clare
Sinn Féin councillor Bridge Meehan has accused the PSNI in
Glengormley of ‘disgraceful sectarian behaviour’ after an
application for a peaceful protest was openly binned by the
The British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said there will be no
return to power-sharing government in the North of Ireland unless
all activity by the Provisional IRA ceases.
Relations in the Dublin coalition government have become
increasingly difficult in the wake of a poor performance in the
local and European elections last week.
Unionists have warned of a potential deterioration in relations
following a decision to reroute a unionist parade away from the
Springfield Road on Saturday.
US presidential candidate John Kerry has offered his assistance
to the Irish and British governments in the peace process, if he
is elected to succeed president George Bush later this year.
Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams has accused the British government of
using an investigation into the murder of Belfast defence lawyer
Pat Finucane to block an inquiry into the controversial killing.
A large tract of County Clare is being sealed off as large
numbers of Irish and US security forces and military support take
up positions in advance of the visit to Ireland by US President
The nationalist Garvaghy Road Residents Coalition looks at how
the impasse over the annual march to Drumcree Hill in Portadown
by the Protestant Orange Order in Portadown can be resolved.
It took Sinn Féin 20 years to outpoll the SDLP in the North. They
did not set out to do so when they entered electoral politics in
The British government has suggested that serious efforts to
restore the North’s power-sharing institutions may be put off
until after the summer, drawing criticism from Sinn Féin for
backing what it said was a timetable set by unionist hardliners.
A north Belfast hospital was stormed by a mob of unionist
paramilitary supporters after Friday night’s contentious ‘Tour
of the North’ march.
An edited version of the annual speech by Sinn Féin President
Gerry Adams at the grave of Wolfe Tone in Bodenstown, County
Relatives and survivors of the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings
are going to the European Court of Human Rights in their battle
for a full public inquiry.
Sinn Féin has suspended one of its newly elected Dublin
councillors while it purses an investigation into unspecified
Following the successful negotiation of a new constitution for
the European Union, the Irish Prime Minister, Taoiseach Bertie
Ahern, could be set to quit the Dublin government for the
lucrative position of President of the European Commission.
A number of organisations have announced plans for protests in
the south Clare area for the visit of US President George Bush
to Ireland next weekend.
A number of Catholics in a County Antrim town have been warned
they are under threat from unionist paramilitaries.
The citizenship referendum in the 26 Counties has caused
political damage to the Good Friday Agreement, nationalists have
Latest results from the European and local elections.
An MI5 officer has stated publicly that the IRA “fought a just
cause” and won a “successful campaign” during the 30-year
conflict in the North.
A former British Army officer who falsely suggested that murdered
Belfast teenager Peter McBride may have been carrying a bomb when
he was murdered by two soldiers under his command has been
awarded a major private security contract in Iraq by the US
Department of Defence, according to the Pat Finucne centre, a
Derry-based human rights group.
Sinn Féin has made historic gains in local and European elections
at the expense of Fianna Fáil in the South and the SDLP in the
The results of the European and local elections.
The Bloody Sunday inquiry was urged today to determine the extent
of former British Prime Minister Ted Heath’s responsibility for
the deaths of the 13 people shot dead by troops at the civil
rights march in Derry over 30 years ago.
The so-called ‘ceasefire’ by the unionist paramilitary UVF has
again been discredited after the group was linked to recent
attacks on republicans in Ballymena, County Antrim.
Clashes erupted last night between local youths and the PSNI
police as they entered republican areas at the close of polling
in Thursday’s election.
British Crown forces in the North engaged in widespread
harassment and intimidation of voters on Thursday, patrolling
around polling stations and photographing voters as they arrived.
Judge Peter Cory, who investigated the controversial murder of
Pat Finucane, has revealed that documents relating to the
conspiracy to kill the Belfast defense lawyer were seen by the
British government cabinet.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair is facing a bleak future
following huge losses in the local elections in England and
It has been announced that the formal review of the Good Friday
Agreement is to resume next Tuesday in Belfast. The North’s
political parties are being invited this week to the talks, which
will be attended by British and Irish ministers.
The Mayoral chain of Derry has been placed on a second Sinn Féin
A senior Sinn Féin member, Michael Agnew, has been targeted in a
pipe-bomb attack at his home in Ballymena, County Antrim.
Voting is already underway in the European elections in Ireland,
with the governing Fianna Fáil party in the South and the SDLP in
the North both facing losses.
One of the Dublin government’s main prospects for retaining a
European Parliament seat has confirmed that he fáiled to pass on
information about the Dublin attacks to the recent inquiry into
Soldiers “probably” were responsible for all of the deaths on
Bloody Sunday, their legal representative admitted today.
Free Derry Corner, a listed tourist attraction, has been
restored by a group of republicans.
Pressure is growing for an all-Ireland ban on smoking in
workplaces following the success of the measure in the 26
Nationalist politicians last night epxressed anger over news
that a PSNI police officer who drove an armoured Land Rover at a
crowd of Catholics will not be prosecuted.
A north Belfast republican has denied reports that he had spied
on the IRA for the RUC Special Branch police.
A man gunned downed at the gates of a South Belfast primary
school on Thursday was responsible for the 1996 murder of former
commander of the INLA republican armed group, Gino Gallagher.
The following address was given by a leading member of the Irish
Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) Eddie McGarrigle, in Derry
last week at the annual commemoration of 1981 hunger strike
patriot Pasy O’Hara
An appeal for calm at interface areas this summer by unionist
leaders has been widely welcomed.
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has called for people in the 26
Counties to vote no in the citizenship referendum and warned
added that it would makes a joke of the claim to be Ireland of
Two Belfast men have come forward to reveal that they were
approached by PSNI police officers and asked to work for them as
It is absurd for British Direct Ruler Paul Murphy to talk about
the conditions for a truth and reconciliation commission when
his government remains a combatant, Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams said
Sinn Féin councillor Joe O’Donnell was voted in as deputy Mayor
of Belfast last night with the support of the Alliance party,
who took the Mayoral position.
There is growing confidence in Sinn Féin that the party will
pick up at least two seats in the European parliament elections
on June 10 and 11.
The following is an extract from the Sinn Féin manifesto
for the EU election, including a message from Gerry Adams.
Ireland’s largest banking group is caught in a growing scandal
over accusations of over-charging and other potentially criminal